Software tests control system prior to installation.

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RSTestStand allows engineers to interactively develop and test control systems directly from their desktop. It also enables control system developers to create virtual control system scenarios. Software simulates both process and discrete operations. RSTestStand supports Allen-Bradley PLCs and OPC 2.0-compliant devices. It includes customizable application libraries and virtual operator console, and requires 128 MB of RAM and 15 MB of free disk space.



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Rockwell Automation RSTestStand Speeds Control System Development and Deployment


Software enables engineers to perform control system testing from their desktop prior to installation

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 19, 2002 Rockwell Automation has introduced Rockwell Software RSTestStand", a cost-saving software package that streamlines the development and deployment of automation applications by allowing engineers to interactively develop and test control systems directly from their desktop.

RSTestStand enables control system developers to create a wide range of virtual control system scenarios that can be used to test design configurations and programs. Versatile enough to simulate both process and discrete operations, the software greatly reduces delays associated with startup and installation by verifying appropriate control system design in an offline environment.

In an era when fast ROI and reduced downtime are critical, the industry needs a reliable tool for pre-testing control systems before beginning installation and startup, said Jim Coburn, director of control simulation products, Rockwell Automation. Since RSTestStand eliminates the need to physically wire devices to run control scenarios, manufacturers can speed operational deployment while cutting installation costs.

RSTestStand supports Allen-Bradley PLCs and OPC 2.0-compliant devices. It includes customizable application libraries for discrete and continuous loops, enabling engineers to standardize or reuse elements from previous applications. Additionally, RSTestStand features a virtual operator console for interacting with a control system. The program s visualization capabilities are also useful in helping engineers understand the unpredictable relationships between control elements. RSTestStand s sophisticated user interface allows engineers to check for errors and determine system response to out of range conditions.

In addition to providing desktop control system testing, RSTestStand can train operators and technicians in a virtual environment. This approach doesn t tie up expensive equipment on the plant floor, and provides a cost-effective and system-safe way to build operational understanding prior to installation.

RSTestStand supports Windows NT and 2000 platforms and requires at least 128 MB of RAM and 15 MB of free disk space.

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